Kerala Floods Relief Fundraiser

$48,470 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 558 people in 2 months
The Kerala Club of Detroit, Michigan is conducting a fundraiser with a goal of collecting  $50,000 to help the victims of the Kerala Floods.  The Kerala Club of Detroit will match 20% (up to $10,000) as part of this fundraiser. Matching funds will be coming from the proceeds of the Musical Show that was conducted by Kerala Club earlier this year.

The Kerala Club will be working with affected district authorities across the state to distribute the funds. Please visit www.keralaclub.org for more details.

The 2018 catastrophic floods is a result of the unusually severe Southwest monsoon that lashed the state for several days. 
As of August 17th, 324 people have been killed and around 800,000 displaced according to Indian officials due heavy monsoons, landslides and overflowing reservoirs. 314,000 people, including women, toddlers and senior citizens have been lodged in various relief camps across 14 districts in the state.

Kerala is called God's Own Country for its natural landscape and pristine scenery. Today Kerala requires all the help it can get to overcome this devastating floods considered the worst in 100 years.

Michigan Indo-American Forum, MI India Foundation, MI Bihar, MI Tamil Sangam and Blitz Mode are partnering with us in this initiative and have committed their help.

Recently other organizations such as Skate World of Troy, Parasakthi Temple and Sangam Indiana have reached out to partner with us for this great cause.

Our project updates are posted regularly in  our Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/TheKeralaClub/ ) ,  website( http://www.keralaclub.org/ ) and the GFM page.


Please help with your generous donations to save lives and provide the much-needed relief to the displaced people.

General Compliance Information :
The Kerala Club (  www.keralaclub.org ) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization established in 1975 to practice and promote the Indian heritage in South East Michigan.  The members of this organization currently residing in the United States of America have roots and families tied to the state of Kerala, India. The funds raised from this campaign will be handed over to most flood-affected district's authorities and/or local non-governmental organizations who are providing relief aid to the flood victims.  The Kerala Club executive members currently visiting Kerala will be overseeing the relief work in Ground Zero.  Due to the enormity of the situation, funds will be withdrawn on a need basis regularly. Funds will be channelized through Kerala Club's bank account and will be transferred using international money transfer service to the respective bank accounts of the selected entities. The Kerala Club of Detroit, Michigan is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Non-profit organization.
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District - Ernakulam

Organization: Red Cross - Ernakulam

Place: Kadungallore Panchayat in Aluva (Ernakulam District)

Kerala Club Coordinator: Shanavas Emke (Executive Committee Member)

Project details:
A project to distribute beds to flood-affected people in Aluva and surrounding area, especially
Kadungallore panchayat was conducted in partnership with Red Cross - Ernakulam district. A total of 70
families were provided help as part of this effort; each family received one bed supplied by Kerala Club
and one pillow supplied by Red Cross. The distribution was done using the vehicle of the Pain and
Palliative outfit of the Red Cross. Most of the beneficiaries were sick or disabled people identified by
Red Cross. We persuaded the bed manufacturer to supply 70 beds instead of the agreed 65 taking into
consideration the humanitarian need.

For more information; please check out our Facebook link
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Wayanad and Kozhikode Districts

Organization: ADORA - Agency of Development Operations in Rural Areas

Coordinators: Nargees Beegam - Executive Director

Place: Flood affected areas of Wayanad and Kozhikode districts

Kerala Club Coordinator: Deepa Prabhakar (KC Executive Member); Prabs Chandrasekaran (KC Charity Lead and Joint Treasurer)

Project details:
ADORA - Agency of Development Operations in Rural Areas in partnership with Kerala Club of Detroit is helping the flood affected victims in the remote and rural areas of Wayanad and Kozhikode districts in Kerala. As part of this effort, the two organizations partnered in helping provide 25 families with beds; the villagers lost everything in their household including place to sleep during the floods. Along with this effort the two organizations are helping young children (40 families) with school bags as they get back to school and start their work. Lot of the kids being helped have lost all their books, school bags and other study materials. The Government of Kerala is helping with the books and other study materials

For more details; please visit our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/TheKeralaClub/
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District - Kozhikode

Organization: Kozhikode District Co-operative Hospital (KDCH)

Coordinators: Mr. M. Bhaskaran (President, KDCH), Mr. A.V. Santosh Kumar (Secretary, KDCH), Dr. A.C. Vijayshankar (Former Director and Chief of Medicine, KDCH)

Place: Atholi and Perambra Taluks in Kozhikode (Calicut) district

Kerala Club Coordinator: Deepa Prabhakar (KC Executive Member); Prabs Chandrasekaran (KC Charity Lead and Joint Treasurer)

Project details:
Kozhikode District Co-operative Hospital in partnership with Kerala Club of Detroit conducted 10 medical camps in flood affected areas of Kozhikode (Calicut) namely Atholi and Perambra Taluks. The hospital staffs and doctors handed over free medicines to the flood victims taking into consideration the epidemic onset of water borne and communicable diseases in the area. KDCH staff and doctors are very grateful to Kerala Club of Detroit and its members for this kind gesture in ensuring the financial contribution reached them in a timely manner. Dr. A.C. Vijayshankar handed over the check from Kerala Club of Detroit to the President of KDCH Mr. M.Bhaskaran to kick off the camp.

Check out our updates on FB Page - https://www.facebook.com/TheKeralaClub/
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District: Idukki
Organization: Lions Club Thodupuzha
Place: Poomala to Padinjaremethotti Villages in Idukki District
Coordinators: Students and Staff from Santhigiri College Vazhithala
Kerala Club Coordinator: Jaison Nelli (Kerala Club Treasurer)
Project details:
Lions Club Thodupuzha members in partnership with Kerala Club of Detroit along with the National Service Society unit volunteers of 93 students and 7 staff member from Santhigiri College Vazhithala were mobilized to perform the cleanup activities of the remote tribal village homes. Kerala Club sponsored the food, rent for all materials used for cleaning and transportation of the volunteers.
As you can see from the videos, transporting such a large number of volunteers through unpaved and treacherous flood damaged roads of Poomala to Padinjaremethotti was a challenging undertaking. The volunteers had to go on foot to reach the actual locations in the end. This project not only provides the satisfaction of helping the flood affected tribal villages but also the happiness of being able to get the younger generation students involved in the community responsibility and volunteering.
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